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This tour visits Rome and Tuscany and is designed for the AP Art History department at Middleburg High School. Advanced Placement Art History teacher, Heidi Rose has teamed with David McGuffin to design a custom tour visiting many of the required works of art in the Early European and Later European content areas.
This tour visits my all-time favorite destinations in Tuscany and Rome in seven days. You’ll have two days in Florence to walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo and explore the roots of the Renaissance. Then travel to the countryside of Tuscany visiting Siena, Volterra and Pisa. Finally, enjoy two days in Rome to explore its Roman roots and rich Christian heritage.
Your Adventure Starts Here!
DAY 1: Overnight Flight to Rome- Meet your group at the airport for your overnight flight to Rome.
DAY 2: Arrival in Rome – After clearing Italian security and customs, meet your Exploring Europe driver and guide and travel to Rome’s Central train station. We will then board a high-speed train directly to Florence. Once in Florence, enjoy an orientation walk in the historic city center and a little free time for lunch. Later, visit the Galleria Academia, home of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the statue of David. Enjoy dinner tonight in the historic city center. Sleep 2 nights in Florence. Dinner.
DAY 3: The Best Renaissance art! – Join a guided tour of the Galleria Uffizi which houses the best collection of Renaissance paintings in the world. You’ll then have the remainder of the day free to explore more of Florence on your own. We will meet later tonight for a Tuscan style dinner. Dinner.
DAY 4: Chianti and Siena – We will travel by private bus through the fields, vineyards and olive groves of the Chianti Classico region getting a visual and literal taste of Tuscany. At the American Cemetery in Florence we will reflect on the World War II liberation of Italy and the great sacrifice given by many young American men. Later, arrive in Siena, a grand medieval city and Florence’s arch rival during the Middle Ages. After an informative walking tour of the historic town center you’ll be cut loose on the world famous Il Campo square to enjoy lunch and a free afternoon. We will hop on our bus one last time and travel to Volterra, a charming medieval town rooted in Etruscan traditions. Sleep 2 nights in Volterra.
DAY 5: Volterra - We will begin the day with a guided walking tour of the historic town center learning a little about the history from early Etruscan times, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and into the 21st century. The afternoon is all yours! This is a great time to visit another museum, do some souvenir shopping, or just relax and enjoy Italy. Then, prepare your taste buds for my favorite dining experience in all of Italy as we savor the cuisine of the Del Duca family ristorante. Dinner.
DAY 6: Pisa and Rome- After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Pisa for a look at the famous leaning tower. Then, we will hop on the train and head back to Rome. Join your guide for a look at the Roman-era Colosseum and forum. Later, meet for dinner in the historic city center. Sleep 2 nights in Rome. Dinner.
DAY 7: Vatican City - Today, you will visit the Vatican Museum. Enjoy an in-depth tour of this vast treasure trove of the world’s finest works of art, capped off with an awe-inspiring look at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Then, visit the massive St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest Christian church. After lunch, we’ll begin our walking tour of Rome’s historic central core, visiting the Pantheon and several other sights in the area. We will cap off our tour experience with a grand farewell dinner at one of my favorite ristoranti. Dinner.
DAY 8: Heading home – Enjoy a private bus transfer to Rome’s airport for your flight home. Arrivederci a Roma!
Itinerary specifics are subject to change.
Round Trip Flights from Jacksonville to Rome.
Accommodation for 6 nights in centrally located and well respected hotels with private bath/showers.
Breakfast every morning.
Five outstanding dinners featuring traditional fare of the region.
All ground transportation by bus, subway, or train.
Sightseeing and admission fees as mentioned in the tour itinerary.
A full-time Exploring Europe Tour leader to help you through the travel process and tour experience with ease.
Local professional guides as noted in the itinerary.
David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.
All tips and gratuities are included.
Luggage tags and David’s custom designed drawstring backpacks.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart on your tour.
To reserve a seat on this tour you must agree to our Tour Conditions and provide us with a deposit of $200 per person. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and PayPal for all tour deposits and payments. Additionally, we accept personal checks (US banks only), bank drafts, and money orders made payable to David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe (in US dollars).
The quickest way to sign up is to reserve your tour online and make a deposit payment of $200 with a credit card. If making payment for 2 or more people, be sure to change the quantity in the box. Click the "Sign Up Now!" button to go to our secure server and make your $200 deposit payment.
WHEN SIGNING UP, PLEASE PUT THE TRAVELER'S NAME IN THE "COMMENT" BOX to avoid confusion between the credit card holder and traveler.
If you prefer to print an application and pay by check, money order, or credit card you can download an application here: TOUR APPLICATION.
1. Fax Application and Credit Card information to (800) 570-1351.
2. You may scan the application and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. OR you can take a photo of the application with your smartphone and email it to us.
4. Mail Information to: Exploring Europe - 4036 Hidden Acre Rd. - Middleburg, Florida 32068.
Once we receive your application and deposit, we will send you a confirmation over e-mail (or written notification if no e-mail address is provided). If you would like to talk to a tour expert before signing up, please give us a call at 800 570-1351 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
MONTHLY PAYMENTS = $219.75 January 30, 2016 through April 30, 2017
The tour balance will be divided into sixteen monthly payments beginning January 30, 2016. There is a $116 discount if all payments other than the deposit are made by cash or check. The discount will be deducted from your final payment. Alternatively, you may arrange for payments to be withdrawn automatically with your debit or credit card, however you will not receive the discounted price.
Your final tour payment is due in our office no later than April 30, 2017. The due date is noted on your tour confirmation letter and invoice. Missing the final payment deadline may result in you being removed from the tour! If you sign up for a tour less than 90 days before its departure, the entire tour price must be paid, and the deposit portion ($200) is non-refundable.
You will receive a final statement of your account by April 1, 2017 noting your final balance.
We prefer that you manage making your own payments online each month using the links in the section above.
If instead, you would like us to handle making the payments for you AND you did not provide instructions/authorization when you signed up for the tour, download and print our credit card authorization form. This can be used to provide instructions for monthly automatic payments and one time charges.
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Complete the form and then FAX to 1-800-570-1351
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